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McGuigan believes Frampton will become 'a superstar'

Carl Frampton's mentor, Barry McGuigan, has told us the Ulsterman wll become a boxing superstar ahead of his IBF super-bantamweight title defence against tough Mexican-American Chris Avalos this weekend.

Speaking to reporter Gabriel Clarke from ITV Sport, who will broadcast the fight live on Saturday night, McGuigan said:

You do not get genius without having the flip-side and this guy, I've got a kid who's immensely talented, and in the next couple of years he's really going to become a superstar. But he's a nice guy, he's just so easy to work with. It's fantastic to see him develop.

– Former boxing World Champions Barry McGuigan

Watch the big fight live on ITV from 10.50pm on Saturday February 28, with undercard and build-up on ITV4 from 7.30pm.

Frampton: No one has ever got close to beating me

Carl Frampton says that no one has ever even come close to beating him in the boxing ring and claims that he has fought far better opponents than Chris Avalos.

Frampton has had 19 bouts and won by knockout in 13 of them and is the current IBF World Super Bantamweight champion.

'The Jackal', as he's known, faces Avalos in Belfast live on ITV this Saturday 28th February and speaking to ITV Sport ahead of the big fight said: "I've got a natural talent, I like to fight. No one has got close to beating me."

"I've already, in my career, fought better opposition than Chris Avalos and I've dealt with them. It'll be more of the same here."

Read: Carl Frampton confident of knocking Chris Avalos out


Carl Frampton confident of knocking Chris Avalos out

Boxer Carl Frampton is confident of knocking challenger Chris Avalos out during their live world title fight on ITV.

Frampton will defend his title live on ITV. Credit: PA

The Belfast boxer, nicknamed The Jackal, defends his IBF World Super Bantamweight title against Avalos on Saturday night at the Odyssey Arena in his home town.

Ahead of the big fight, which will be screened live on ITV, he says his 25-year-old opponent - who has lost only twice in 27 professional fights and is the current WBO Bantamweight Champion - is a good boxer but he is going to knock him out.

I genuinely believe I’m the best Super Bantamweight in the World and if the fight goes 12 rounds, I have trained for that. But this guy’s just a little too hittable so I think I will knock him out at some point. I think he’s a good fighter - a typical kind of loud-mouth American. He likes to talk a lot. He has lost twice before against guys who aren’t as good as me. It doesn’t really take a scientist to work out what’s going to happen here. He’s said a lot, so hopefully he can back it up and then we will be in for a good fight.

– IBF World Super Bantamweight champion Carl Frampton

Floyd Mayweather to fight Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd

Floyd Mayweather is relishing the chance to finally go toe-to-toe with Manny Pacquiao after announcing the long-awaited fight will take place in May.

It's on! Floyd Mayweather will fight Manny Pacquiao in May. Credit: Reuters

The undefeated 11-times world champion announced the bout by posting a picture of the signed contract on social media platform Shots on Friday night, adding: "I promised the fans we would get this done and we did."

Mayweather, unbeaten after 47 professional fights, and Pacquiao, an eight-division world champion, will now go head-to-head in a welterweight world championship unification bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 2.

I am glad my decision to meet with Manny and discuss making this fight happen helped get the deal done.

Giving the fans what they want to see is always my main focus. This will be the biggest event in the history of the sport. Boxing fans and sports fans around the world will witness greatness on May 2.

– Floyd Mayweather statement


Froch vacates IBF title - DeGale steps in

Froch blamed an injury. Credit: PA

Carl Froch has vacated his IBF super middleweight title as he recovers from the injury that ruled him out of a fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, his promoters have announced.

Mandatory challenger James DeGale will now fight the next available contender for the vacant title.

"It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks with terms agreed for the Chavez fight only for me to be unable to proceed in camp due to injury,” said Froch.

“I know what it’s like to wait for a shot and I didn’t want to hold James up in fighting for a World title.

“James is a great fighter and I hope he can go out and win that title and who knows, we may even meet later in the year.”

Mayweather and Pacquiao meet at NBA game

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao came face-to-face on Tuesday night as speculation continues to mount that a bout between the pair will finally materialise.

The welterweights are considered to be the two greatest fighters of their generation, but despite competing around the same division for a number of years they have never faced off in the ring.

They met in person in Miami, where both watched the Heat's NBA game against the Milwaukee Bucks, and a widely-circulated video shows the pair exchanging a brief conversation before shaking hands and walking away.

It is unclear whether the incident was staged or purely a coincidence.

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